THE NATION: We Say It's Expediency

Above & beyond the haggling over wages and prices, Harry Truman's seizure of the U.S. steel industry has raised a great constitutional question: What are the limits of presidential power? In peace and war, U.S. Presidents have often demonstrated that the authority of their office can be stretched far beyond the specific provisions of the Constitution. But it remained for the Truman Administration, speaking last week through its counsel in a federal courtroom, to argue that the presidential power is practically unlimited.

No Check or Balance? This historic contention, which seems headed for a historic decision in the Supreme Court,...

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